Bills rookie QB Trent Edwards looked more like a seasoned veteran as he led Buffalo to an upset 17-14 win over the Jets.
If you don’t know who Trent Edwards is, just ask a Jets fan because they know who he is. The rookie QB, making his first career NFL start in place of the injured J.P. Losman led the Bills to their first win of the season and sent the Jets back to New York two games under .500.
Edwards went 22-for-28 for 234 yards as he led the 0-3 Buffalo Bills to a 17-14 win. Gang Green tried to mount a comeback but it fell short as Bills CB Terrance McGee intercepted Jets QB Chad Pennington with 11 seconds left in the game.
“They are bend but don’t break defense, that’s their mentality. They stayed on top of all the deep vertical routes and made us check [the ball] down and get our yards the hard way,” Pennington said. “It’s disappointing when you lose, we had a good game plan coming in and we knew what we needed to do to win.”
“I was trying to throw the ball away but the ball came out a little bit weird and I was just hoping that Justin could knock the ball down,” added Pennington. “At the 40, I was just trying to give Mike [Nugent] a chance and inch closer for a field goal.”
With the first half ending the Jets had a chance to go up 3-0. With one second left in the second quarter K Mike Nugent hit the right upright on a 37 yard field goal attempt. And those are three points the Jets could have used.
“Well, obviously you’d like to have those three points but at the same time we went to the locker room feeling like we did have some momentum,” Pennington said.
With the score 10-7, Pennington was intercepted by Bills CB Jabari Greer deep in his own zone. The Jets defense was able to hold the Bills but on fourth and goal from the Jets one yard line Bills head coach decided to go it instead of kicking a field goal. With the Jets looking for the run, Edwards showed the world why Bills were so high on the former Stanford Alum.
Edwards made a play-action fake and found TE Michael Gaines in the front of end zone to make it a two score game. The Jets did mount a comeback as on the ensuing drive RB Leon Washington scored on an eight yard touchdown run to bring the Jets within three points, but that’s as close as they would get.
“They threw the ball a little more than expected,” said Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis. “The bottom line is we didn’t get the job done. This is a game we should have won.”
Edwards surprised many with his poise and character throughout the first half and it was only a matter of time until he would lead his team down the field for a score. And after the Bills defense caused the Jets to go three and out, Edwards led his team 56 yards for the first score of the game.
“Whenever you have a rookie quarterback back there you want to make him feel uncomfortable,” said Jets defensive end Bryan Thomas. “Just watching him out there he showed a lot of poise in the pocket and he made a lot of good throws out there.”
Edwards went 4-for-4 for 37 yards on that 56 yard drive that led to Marshawn Lynch 10 yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 7-0 lead. Lynch finished with 79 yards on 23 carries.
The Jets responded right away as Pennington lead the Gang Green offense down the field in seven play drive that ended with Pennington finding WR Laveranues Coles on fade route in the back of the end zone. Coles is the first Jets receiver since 1998 to have at least four touchdown receptions through the first four games. The last Jets receiver to do this was Keyshawn Johnson, who touchdowns receptions in his first five games of the 1998 season.
Welcome to the NFL
Rookie Darrelle Revis officially got welcomed to the NFL on Sunday. Revis was a target of Bills QB Trent Edwards as he threw in direction of Revis whenever possible. Throughout the first three games of the season, teams were not throwing at Revis all that much.
Revis primarily found himself across from Bills WR Josh Reed. Reed finished with four catches for 64 yards, while WR Lee Evans who has been pretty this season finished with six catches for a team high 72 yards.
What made this loss even more disturbing for head coach Eric Mangini is the amount of penalties his team took on the afternoon. The Jets took nine penalties which cost Gang Green 65 yards. The Bills took six penalties themselves but for only about half the yardage. The Bills were only penalized 38 yards.
On a good note Gang Green did cause two turnovers. Early in the season the Jets defense could not force a turnover if they wanted to. The Jets got one interception from CB Andre Dyson as well as a fumble recovery (LB Victor Hobson recovered the fumble). But in both cases the Jets were unable to convert those turnovers into points.
Fullback Darian Barnes was inactive for Sunday’s game. TE Joe Kowalewski saw a lot of time at fullback with Barnes not playing. QB Marques Tuiasosopo, CB Drew Coleman, LB Cody Spencer, OL Will Montgomery, DL Mike DeVito, OL Jacob Bender and TE Jason Pociask were all also inactive. S Abram Elam made his first appearance in Jets uniform
G-Men Up Next
Next up for the Jets is the team they share stadium with. The Jets will “visit” the Giants next week for a 1 p.m. contest. But before the Giants the Jets will return to Hofstra on Monday to review the tape from Sunday’s loss. Like always log on to JI.com for complete coverage of everything Jets related.